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Two men wanted in connection with South Kitsap burglaries
Two local businesses were burglarized early Friday morning on the 4200 block of SE Mile Hill Drive in Port Orchard.
At approximately 2:30 a.m., Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies responded to a 911 call of a burglary in progress at the Time Saver Grocery.
Upon arrival, authorities contacted the owner of the business who received a call at home from his alarm company stating that someone had entered his store. The owner immediately responded and found a broken door to the storage area which is attached to the east side of the store.
As the owner was inspecting the damage, he found two male suspects that were still inside, loading their pockets with packs of cigarettes and a couple of smoking pipes. He then called 911 to report the incident.
In an effort to avoid the owner, the suspects inside the store tried to break out the front doors using a shovel they had found. When they were unable to break through the bars on the doors, they rushed out of the broken door and tried to run.
The owner was able to grab onto one of the suspects where he tried to hold him until deputies arrived. In an attempt to flee, the suspect punched the owner in the mouth and was struck several times in the back with an unknown wooden object by the second suspect, causing the owner to release the man.
The two males were last seen running eastbound towards the QFC grocery store parking lot.
A KCSO K-9 unit was dispatched to track the suspects but were unable to locate them. Deputies believe that the suspects headed into the nearby Southpark Apartments.
The owner gave a physical description of one of the suspects to officers on scene.
At approximately 4:30 a.m. that same morning, KCSO deputies were dispatched to the owner of Time Saver Grocery, who discovered that the window to a coffee drive thru stand called McKean’s Caffeine had been broken.
McKean’s Caffeine is located in same parking lot as the Time Saver Grocery. An employee of the coffee stand arrived shortly after the 911 call and discovered it had been burglarized too.
When deputies arrived they met with the owner of the coffee stand where she reported that the suspects stole her large heavy safe that contained $3,000, a cash box containing about $200 in change and her video surveillance system which consisted of a digital video recorder with four cameras.
It appeared to investigators that the suspects who burglarized the Time Saver Grocery Store were the same ones involved in the current incident. After searching the property, deputies found the digital video recorder and the large safe and returned them to the coffee stand owner. The cash box and four video surveillance cameras were not found.
Deputies are still gathering information and investigating both cases.